Jessica Amadi (Rivers Angels Media Officer)
Two second half goals from Chioma Wogu and Cynthia Aku ensured Nigeria Women Football League Champions, Rivers Angels secured a 2-0 win over visiting Heartland Queens of Owerri at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium on Wednesday.
Technical Adviser of the Jewel of Rivers, Edwin Okon had made an early substitution in the 46th minute with Wogu coming on to replace Amarachi Ojinma and 16 minutes later, the forward made no mistake in heading in a brilliant cross from Ugo Njoku to put the hosts in front.
Aku doubled the lead off an Iroka Glory deliveryi n the 68th minute.
The Edwin Okon led side would have had themselves to blame if the game had ended in a barren draw following their countless missed opportunities in the first 45 minutes.
Rivers Angels had a chance to go in front in the 10th minute when a penalty was awarded to the team after a Heartland defender, Prisca Okoro handled the ball inside the box.
But despite having it retaken, after goalkeeper Maryann Akingbade stepped off her line, Ojinma failed to convert the kick.
Ogebe, Ojinma and Aku came close on several occasions in the first half but were unable to hit the back of the net.
In spite of the win, it was mixed feelings for Coach Edwin Okon who had to rue their missed chances.
“It was a good one but not that good because of the missed chances in the first half,” Okon said.
“We played against a side that will play for 5 minutes and then lie down on the pitch just to delay which made it quite difficult for the team.
“I am however still happy with the three points.” He added.
With the win on Wednesday, Rivers Angels are back on top of Group A with 15 points from eight matches and will next play Ibom Angels on July 5 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium.